• A court-yard embellished by an exquisite old stone staircase
    A court-yard embellished by an exquisite old stone staircase
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj exquisite of extreme beauty "her exquisite face"
    • adj exquisite delicately beautiful "a dainty teacup","an exquisite cameo"
    • adj exquisite lavishly elegant and refined
    • adj exquisite intense or sharp "suffered exquisite pain","felt exquisite pleasure"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Exquisite Carefully selected or sought out; hence, of distinguishing and surpassing quality; exceedingly nice; delightfully excellent; giving rare satisfaction; as, exquisite workmanship. "Plate of rare device, and jewels
      Of reach and exquisite form."
      "I have no exquisite reason for 't, but I have reason good enough."
    • Exquisite Exceeding; extreme; keen; -- used in a bad or a good sense; as, exquisite pain or pleasure.
    • Exquisite Of delicate perception or close and accurate discrimination; not easy to satisfy; exact; nice; fastidious; as, exquisite judgment, taste, or discernment. "His books of Oriental languages, wherein he was exquisite ."
    • n Exquisite One who manifests an exquisite attention to external appearance; one who is overnice in dress or ornament; a fop; a dandy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • exquisite Exceedingly choice, elegant, fine, or dainty; very delightful, especially from delicacy of beauty or perfection of any kind: as, a vase of exquisite workmanship; an exquisite miniature; exquisite lace.
    • exquisite Very accurate, delicate, or nice in action or function; especially, of keen or delicate perception or discrimination; delicately discriminating: as, exquisite taste, etc.
    • exquisite Giving or susceptible of pleasure or pain in the highest degree; intense; keen; poignant: as, exquisite joy or torture; an exquisite sensibility.
    • exquisite Curious; careful.
    • exquisite Skilful; cunning; consummate.
    • exquisite Recondite; deep. Sir T. Elyot, The Governour, i. 10. Synonyms Delicate, matchless, perfect.
    • n exquisite A superfine gentleman; a dandy; a fop; a coxcomb.
    • n exquisite Synonyms Fop, Dandy, etc. See coxcomb.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Exquisite eks′kwi-zit of superior quality: excellent: of delicate perception or close discrimination: not easily satisfied: fastidious: exceeding, extreme, as pain or pleasure
    • n Exquisite one exquisitely nice or refined in dress: a fop
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  • Luis Bunuel
    “In the name of Hippocrates, doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival.”
  • Steve Kangas
    Steve Kangas
    “In my twenties, my pleasures tended to be physical. In my thirties, my pleasures tended to be intellectual. I can't say which was more exquisite.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “The exquisite art of idleness, one of the most important things that any University can teach.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.”
  • Jacques Maritain
    Jacques Maritain
    “Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “No man is so exquisitely honest or upright in living, but that ten times in his life he might not lawfully be hanged.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. exquisitus, p. p. of exquirere, to search out; ex, out + quarere, to seek, search. See Quest


In literature:

Tall for her age, exquisitely trained, possessing something better than her mother's infantile prettiness.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
He alone understands the beauty of rigidity, the exquisite serenity of the statuesque nature.
"The Green Carnation" by Robert Smythe Hichens
The music is not above mediocrity, though we find many pleasing and even exquisite melodies in it.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
Nothing can be conceived more virginal than this form of exquisite purity rising from the dark fir forests to the serene sky.
"Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon and California" by Caroline C. Leighton
She had never felt herself more exquisitely indispensable, more of a personage.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Exquisitely beautiful, too, is the affectionate, the very loving, Ruth.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843" by Various
That I suffered in secret, and that I suffered exquisitely, no one ever knew but I.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Is a poet not supposed ever to see anything under his exquisite nose?
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
The pleasure of that day was truly exquisite.
"Sketches of the Fair Sex, in All Parts of the World" by Anonymous
These early vestiges, however, are in no way representative of the later exquisite fabrics which we now know and recognise as Lace.
"Chats on Old Lace and Needlework" by Emily Leigh Lowes

In poetry:

THE voice of my true love is low
And exquisitely kind,
Warm as a flower, cold as snow--
I think it is the Wind.
"The Lost Name" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
And so I know not if it be
That there are causes one or many,
But this year's Spring still seems to me
More exquisite than any.
"Isle Of Wight--Spring, 1891" by Horace Smith
I know you are too dear to stay;
You are so exquisitely sweet:
My lonely house will thrill some day
To echoes of your eager feet.
"Prevision" by Aline Murray Kilmer
How exquisitely sweet
This rich display of flowers,
This airy wild of fragrance,
So lovely to the eye, And to the sense so sweet.
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 2. " by William Cowper
I know not what the cause may be,
Or whether there be one or many;
But this year's Spring has seemed to me
More exquisite than any.
"Isle Of Wight--Spring, 1891" by Horace Smith
This exquisite patrician bird
Grooming a neatly folded wing
Guarded for years the Sacred Word.
A while he sang then ceased to sing.
"In Memoriam: Four Poets" by Robert Francis

In news:

Exquisite Eyewear joins existing tenants Home Goods, Pathmark, Xtreme Fitness, Duane Reade, Dots and the Department of Motor Vehicles.
During "An Evening of Exquisite Song" at a special December concert at the Mount Vernon Music Hall.
Altura offers an intimate dining experience marked by exquisite food.
'The Mill and the Cross' an exquisite tribute to artist's work.
The Exquisite Timing of Morton's Tweet Response.
"Sparcling" jewelry: Greenpoint jewelry maker crafts exquisite handmade pieces.
3 Cocktails That Share an Exquisite Secret.
Exquisite pastas and more at San Mateo's Osteria Coppa.
"Kids" is full of exquisite family bumbling.
Exquisite Hellebores for the Winter Garden.
South Tulsa wine bar gives its menu exquisite Spanish flair.
Exquisite , brilliant Heisey.
We're inside an exquisite gilded age Hudson River mansion.
In 1996, flooding destroyed $1.23 million worth of exquisite designer garments at Ursula of Switzerland's Waterford corporate headquarters.

In science:

And finally, Gaia will provide an all-sky photometric survey from launch in 2012, with the exquisite astrometry and the radial velocities continuously improving until the complete measurements will be available in 2018.
Concluding Remarks: Gaia and Astrophysics in 2015-2020
It will be difficult however for ground-based telescopes to reach the exquisite homogeneity of the multiband photometry that Gaia will bring by virtue of its continuous scanning and its location above the Earth’s atmosphere.
Concluding Remarks: Gaia and Astrophysics in 2015-2020
In particular, the exquisite measurements of the angular power spectrum of CMB fluctuations have played a cruc ial role in identifying an emerging concordance cosmological model.
Summary of ICGC04 Cosmology Workshop
Concordant results are also obtained from the formation of large scale structures in the universe by combining the exquisite measurements of the angular spectrum of CMB anisotropy with recent measurements of power spectrum of density perturbation from large redshift survey.
Summary of ICGC04 Cosmology Workshop
Through precise timing of the pulsar “clock”, the important orbital parameters of the system could be measured with exquisite precision.
Was Einstein Right? Testing Relativity at the Centenary